The Patronage Board (Bishop of Buckingham, CPAS, Robert Dorrien-Smith, Team Vicars, PCC reps) are seeking to appoint a Team Rector and Rector of St Mary’s, who will lead the mission of a large and vibrant Parish, which covers the town of Chesham and 3 surrounding villages. We are a community of 7 churches with a staff team of 12, who are genuinely passionate about our gospel ministry in the Chesham area, with St Mary’s Church at the centre of that witness for nearly 1000 years. We are seeking a servant-hearted and gifted church leader, who will encourage and empower the Parish staff team, and continue to build on the excellent work of our previous incumbent.
This is an exciting and a challenging role, to lead a team Parish that is varied and complex, but united in a desire to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ to the town of Chesham and surrounding area.
We are a Parish divided into 5 separate districts, with 7 local churches, and the role of rector is to steer a large ship (total ER of 621) with a light hand on the tiller, allowing the churches to express their distinctive styles, but ensuring that they have a clear gospel focus. Chesham is a vibrant market town with good links to London, and with a diverse community of people. It is marked by both significant wealth and by a busy foodbank and a CAP debt centre (both set up by members of the Parish in the last few years). We have the challenge of reaching out to all the different parts of our community, and the role of the Team Rector is to hold onto the bigger picture and help us not miss out on any particular section of the town.
The primary responsibility of the rector is to lead St Mary’s Church which is the main, historic Parish church and the largest of the churches in Chesham. St Mary’s has experienced change in its worship patterns in recent years, establishing two morning congregations, and a new evening service, with clear teaching of the Bible at the heart of each. The wardens and DCC are committed to working with their vicar to see further growth both spiritually and numerically, and have a particular desire to see every member growing and involved more fully in ministry. St Mary’s is generally regarded as the civic church, which presents opportunities for connecting with the wider community within the town.
Chesham is a growing town, with new housing appearing, and plans for a further large development in the next few years. The Team Rector will have an important role in deploying resources to see the church establishing a presence and reaching out to the new families and individuals who are moving into the town. There is currently an interim associate minister in place for 18 months to oversee two of the churches, in order that the new Team Rector will be able to make a long-term Team Vicar appointment.
As vicar of St Mary’s
As Team Rector
We believe that the person we are looking for will be:
The Parish of Great Chesham provides an exciting and challenging context for gospel ministry, leading a strong staff team, in a vibrant town with great access to London. We are praying for the Lord to bring to us a minister who would enjoy serving Him in this place, and lead us in the next season of life and ministry.
Please do read the attached profile, and if you would like to talk informally, please don’t hesitate to contact Revd John Shepherd (07969 981908).
Closing Date for Applications: 6 February 2020
Interviews: 4 March 2020
DBS Enhanced disclosure is required.